In this Follow-Up to My Epic 2017 Crypto Investment Guide, I Look Back at How the Portfolio Did Three Years Later, Talk About What I’ll Do Differently This Time Around, and Pick My Coins for the Next Bull Run

So it’s 2021 and you missed the crypto boat again?

Maybe you read my crypto investment guide, Mastering Shitcoins, the Poor Man’s Guide to Getting Crypto Rich — Part I, but you weren’t buying it. You thought it was too late and you’d already missed the rocket to the moon. I wrote the original article in 2017 and Bitcoin was already…


After more than a decade of blistering growth, most people still don’t get cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin is the best performing asset of the last decade by a huge margin and yet everyone from the mainstream media, to most nation states, to prominent traders, struggle to see what it means for the future. India is threatening to ban cryptocurrencies in move that will prove disastrously foolish if they really do it. Prominent gold bug, Peter Schiff, continues to watch the price of gold sputter while Bitcoin races by him and makes his son rich instead.

Over the past ten years, journalists…


Rick in Season 4 — Courtesy of Adult Swim

Spoilers ahead — If you haven’t watched all of season 4, then stop reading now. If you already watched it on Inter-dimensional cable then you’re golden.

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You can find part one of Rick and Morty and the Meaning of Life right here.

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At the end of Rick and Morty season 4, we learn the great secret of Beth and her clone.

It’s the climatic moment of something that started way back in Season 3 when Beth turns to Rick in a moment of terrible existential despair and says :

“Dad, I’m out of excuses to not be who…


What’s a good relationship?

Too many of us don’t know because we’ve never seen one in our entire life.

That’s right, never.

Instead of happy, healthy relationships filled with laughter and intimacy, we see broken relationships in our parents, families, our friend’s families and everywhere else we look. We certainly don’t see deep intimacy in the movies or on streaming TV.

In real life, we almost never experience couples who stay up all night talking just because they love spending time together. We don’t see people laughing all the time and supporting each other and lifting each other up. …


How One Nation Got the Pandemic Response Perfect, Another Got it Right Early But Blew Their Lead and a Third Got It Totally Wrong

With a whole year gone by since the pandemic started, it’s time to take a look at who got the response right and who got it totally wrong.

In many ways, the pandemic is the ultimate test of a nation’s intelligence, resourcefulness and adaptability. It’s a global experiment, with every country on Earth participating whether they like it or not.

Some countries passed the test with flying colors. Others got it right for a time only to fall apart late in the year. Still many more got it horribly wrong.

That’s despite the fact that every country on Earth started…


In One Future We have a Private, Anonymous Alternative to Cash but in the Black Mirror Future the Money in Your Pocket Knows Everything About You

Cash is dying.

And with the death of cash, privacy faces a deeply uncertain future.

In my article on privacy coins I said governments would drive physical cash to extinction in twenty years. Now I feel it won’t even take that long.

China’s relentless push to build a state backed digital currency, the economic disaster the global pandemic wreaked upon the world, and the incredible rise of decentralized cryptos like Bitcoin and Ethereum has accelerated the timeline to kill off cash.

The only real question now is what will replace it?

Will it be decentralized, borderless, open source, privacy preserving…


After a brutal year like 2020, people are desperate for something different. They want to change their life, so they get fired up, buy themselves a brand new self help book and swear up and down this year will be different.

Then what happens?

Nothing.

They don’t even read it.

They read the title or maybe they get through the first few paragraphs and go right back to doing what they were already doing.

Why?

Because sharing an article is a form of self delusion called “action faking.” …


How to Stay in Control When Things Get Totally Out of Control

This article is part of the series on Mastering Depression. The book “Mastering Depression and Living the Life You Were Meant to Live” comes out in early 2021. Get notified when it releases by joining the community right here.

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Too often today things feel totally out of control.

Whether it’s a raging pandemic, another lockdown, elections that drive us into a raging frenzy, feeling totally alone because we can’t find love, friends passing away, or a lost job, it’s easy to feel as if we’re just a…


In the coming decade, AI will bring incredibly far reaching changes to movies, music, TV, medicine, and healthcare and almost nobody sees it coming.

There’s too much darkness in the world today.

Whether it’s a pandemic raging out of control, surging civil unrest, a crashing economy or the retreat of democracy, life is starting to feel like the mean streets of rain soaked cyberpunk novel.

Whenever I write or talk, I try to give a balanced view of where we are and where we’re going but today doesn’t feel very balanced. …


How to Use the Magenta Project Music Transformer to Make Beautiful Ambient Music with Machine Learning

“AI isn’t just creating new kinds of art; it’s creating new kinds of artists.”

- Douglas Eck, Magenta Project

Can AI make beautiful music?

In this article, my team and I dig deep to find out if neural nets can compose Ambient music with the great masters of the art.

Ambient is a soft, flowing, ethereal genre that I’ve loved for decades. There are all kinds of ambient, from white noise, to tracks that mimic the murmur of soft summer rain in a sprawling forest. …

Daniel Jeffries

I am an author, futurist, systems architect, and thinker.

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